The Earth’s atmosphere extends twice as far as the Moon, technically

You should probably try really hard to hold your breath around there, though.

Bombs dropped during the Second World War were felt to the edge of space

We’ve come a long way from being scared, scrawny apes in the savannah.

All this time, outer space was secretly much closer than we thought

Tricksy, tricksy space.

Atmospheric readings show someone is producing illegal, ozone-depleting industrial gases

Please stop.

Average atmospheric CO2 levels last month were the highest we’ve ever recorded, ever

Yikes.

NASA releases atmospheric simulation of this year’s hurricane season

Cool and pretty at the same time!? NASA gets the best things!

Researchers discover atmosphere around an Earth-like planet

Can we get excited yet? Mmm no, not really.

Early life kept oxygen in check and stalled evolution for billions of years, model suggests

Evolution doesn’t always procrastinate. But when it does, it’s for 2 billion years.

Earth’s oxygen has been emigrating to the Moon for billions of years, study finds

Who wouldn’t?

A whole new branch of life could have evolved and died off on Earth 2,4 billion years ago

There’s no proof. But the conditions were right for it to happen.

Io’s atmosphere collapses every time there’s an eclipse

Reason number #1304 not to colonize Io.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is heating its upper atmosphere

The swirling gases could shed light on the atmosphere of other planets within and outside of our solar system.

NASA announcement: Martian atmosphere was stripped by solar wind

NASA figured out how Mars transformed from a lush environment to a red desert.

Astronomers discover huge hydrogen cloud around exoplanet

Astronomers using the Hubble telescope have identified a warm Neptune-sized planet that is “bleeding” a huge hydrogen cloud – thus increasing the odds of finding liquid oceans on gas giants.

Neptune-sized alien planet found to harbor water vapor in its atmosphere

Astronomers have discovered water vapor in the atmosphere of a new exoplanet – a planet from outside our solar system – roughly the size of Neptune, orbiting a star 124 light-years away. This is the first time water vapor has been found on an alien planet smaller than Jupiter. The discovery is set to improve scientists’ understanding of how planet forms and which planets may be best suited to support alien life.

New study claims Mars had oxygen-rich atmosphere 4 billion years ago

Scientists from Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford have analyzed the compositions of Martian meteorites found on Earth and data from NASA’s rovers, and they reached the conclusion that the Red Planet had an atmosphere pretty rich in oxygen 4 billion years ago. They compared Martian rocks with meteorites, and the fact that the surface rocks were

Earth’s prehistoric atmosphere was covered in a haze similar to Saturn’s moon, Titan

If you think today’s urban air, thickened with noxious smog, is terrible, just imagine how the Earth was filled in a shroud of hydrocarbons some 2.5 billion years ago. Back then, a haze dominated by methane engulfed the atmosphere such that light could barely reach the ground, similarly to what can be seen today on Titan, Saturn’s moon. A team

Oxygen atmosphere on Saturn’s moon, Dione

It’s been less than a month since we published the last thing about the Cassini probe, and the amazing spacecraft has done it again; this time it detected a thin, oxygen atmosphere, on a moon of Saturn – Dione. The study was published in the Geophysical Research Letters At 1122 km in diameter, Dione is the 15th largest moon, and

Exotic extreme microbes played a role in Earth’s early atmosphere

Some species of bacteria can survive virtually anywhere: in acids, in nuclear waste, at extremely low or high temperatures, at extreme pressures, and so on; extreme microbes that survive on gases thrown out by Siberian hot springs may have played an extremely important role in the formation of our planet’s atmosphere and its composition, a new study concludes. Extreme exotic

Peru meteorite forces scientists to rewrite books

Back in September, a meteorite crashed somewhere in Peru, scaring locals and digging a hole in the ground, but pleased scientists which had the opportunity of studying it. But it behaved so strangely that in fact it forces scientists to rethink the way alien objects behave when entering Earth’s atmosphere and when they hit out planet. The meteorite was believed